Homemade Hummus

Hummus is definitely a staple in my household.  We just love how it tastes, and it makes a great, healthy snack.  But it can get kind of pricey if you’re buying it at the store, so now that we have a food processor I decided it was finally time to make some homemade hummus!  This might sound stupid, but I was having an incredibly hard time finding chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus, until I realized that chickpeas are also called garbanzo beans.  So don’t get fooled like I did!  It was my third trip to a grocery store when I figured this out…

Anyways, on to the recipe.  The ingredients are fairly simple.  Traditional hummus calls for olive oil, but I decided to leave that out.  So for my recipe you just need:

-1/2 lb. of chickpeas
-1/2 large red bell pepper
-2 cloves garlic
-1/3 cub tamari
-juice from 1 lemon
-salt to  taste

To prepare:

1. Soak the dry chickpeas overnight for 10-12 hours, washing them before and after the soak.

2. Cook them in a pot of water for 1.5 hours until you can easily crush the chickpeas with your fingers.  While they are cooking make take off the foam that builds on top and you can even change out the water you’re using half-way through.

3. When the chickpeas are done cooking, washing them off again and then place them in your food processor.  Process them until they are smooth.

4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the chickpeas in the food processor, and continue processing until everything is smooth and combined well.

5. Enjoy!

So as you can see, it’s really not that complicated, and you get fresh, healthy and delicious homemade hummus!  And you save quite a bit of money in my opinion than going with the store bought variety.

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